Author: James Lau

A bowl of strawberries in Japan, answering "are strawberries a fruit".

Are Strawberries a Fruit–In the Winter?

Strawberries are a winter fruit in Japan instead of a summer fruit in the West. Because many farmers in Japan use unique agricultural techniques , Japanese strawberries are very popular year-round! 

A woman wearing an indigo blue yukata while holding a blue uchiwa fan.

Yukata vs. Kimono: The Best Summer Guide

Japanese culture is full of unique traditions and customs, and one of its most iconic and recognizable aspects is the traditional clothing worn by Japanese people. Two of the most famous examples of Japanese clothing are the yukata and the kimono.

This river with cherry blossoms at night show why literature is important.

Why is Literature Important: Cherry Blossoms!

Sakura, or cherry blossoms, are an iconic symbol of Japan and have been celebrated in literature, art, and music for centuries. Let’s look at some famous and unknown literature featuring sakura!

A white maneki neko with small statues.

Maneki Neko: The Wonderful Legendary Lucky Cat!

The Maneki Neko is a traditional Japanese figurine that has become a beloved and famous symbol of good fortune and prosperity. This lucky talisman is common in businesses and homes throughout Japan and other parts of Asia.

A plate of takoyaki (octopus balls) on a delicious platter.

Takoyaki and the Best Osaka Street Food!

Osakans call their love of food “Kuidadore,” which means “eat until you drop.” With a phrase like that, it’s no wonder Osaka has some of Japan’s best and most iconic street food!

Two cups of amazake with pickled sakura inside.

Amazake: The Rich History of Sweet Rice Wine!

You might have seen this drink at a Japanese shrine, or temple, or even served at a festival, but what is amazake? Let’s explore the origins of this tasty drink and talk about its role in Japanese cooking!

A shot of green noodles or hegisoba.

Green Noodles (Hegisoba): Niigata’s Best Specialty

Hegisoba is a noodle dish specialty from Niigata. It has a unique presentation and a special ingredient that provides a unique texture when you bite it. Let’s look closer at the culinary history behind this fantastic dish, and why is it important.